DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER OF UKRAINE, MINISTER FOR REINTEGRATION OF THE TEMPORARY OCCUPIED TERRITORIES OLEKSII REZNIKOV FOR THE UKRAINIAN UNITY DAY
Today many of us will take part in the actions of unity all over Ukraine.
102 years ago, the founding fathers of the Ukrainian state took a symbolic step. For a brief moment in historical terms the Ukrainian people ceased to be divided.
Time has shown that statehood is of the great value. And how fragile and vulnerable it can be.
Integrity, unity, and strength are not a given. It is the result of hard work. Endurance. Patience. Often pain and loss. It takes a goal to get through this.
I see it as a goal for young Ukrainians, no matter how they refer to their mother - Mama, Ana or Onyo - to grow up safe and prosperous. To have a chance to realize themselves anywhere in the world, but best of all, at home.
That they grow up to be citizens who, in time, will take responsibility for the country. And stand up for it, if they have to.
And that they immediately perceive this country, a very large country, as one and their own. From San to Don river.
To know that our largest square is in Kharkiv.
That World War II for all Ukrainians began on September 1, 1939.
That our cherry blossoms in Uzhhorod. That Baturin and Bakhchysarai are our capitals, and that Odesa and Sevastopol are the city of our sailors, of whom we are proud.
Most importantly, that we can be divided into teams, but we must play for Ukraine.
And in order for them to be like that, we have to set a good example.
Happy Ukrainian Unity Day (Den Sobornosti)!
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